Kirk, I think my handle was Codfish back on 101, not sure now....... I remember.
I've intermittently been a subscriber to your service, and have found it wonderfully educational and profitable. Thanks for the kind words.
As far as pay within healthcare, those who deliver the care are woefully underpaid for what they do. My brother-in law was just laid off from his job as a pharmaceutical rep, and laments not being able to find another job paying $145K (for basically delivering breakfast and lunch to MD's offices), while his wife works as an RN/BSN, pulling 12 hour shifts, working weekends and holidays for barely 1/3 of what he was making. The disparity between those who "do" and those who "sell " is ridiculous. Sadly, this is similar to engineering. I remember waiting for the bus to Bart to take me to UC with a friend from high school who was the football QB and still a friend today. We both had high GPAs, played varsity sports and were going to Berkeley.... He told me he was going into business rather than engineering because you get far more money there... selling rather than making.
It's all about contributing the right amount to the right government official...It is so true. Funny... I watch Boardwalk Empire and 'Treme on HBO and what I take away from those two shows is the big money is from getting government to send tax dollars to your town for "disaster relief" or "building roads" or whatever... so you can siphon off more than actually goes to helping people. Yet, the owners and producers and actors of HBO still support the Dems rather than the Libertarians.... It is like they KNOW what is going on but are either too stupid to do anything about it with their positions or they know they can continue to make more money selling entertainment to those with spendable dollars who won't have those dollars without the corrupt system...